Sears Wants You to Grant Our Heroes' Wishes

While watching Saturday night TV, I saw a commercial encouraging Americans to support our military families through Sears’ “Heroes at Home” Wish Registry. The Registry allows military families to write their stories and create a wish list of items that they would love to have this Christmas. Some of the stories made me misty-eyed and made me wish that I had enough money to buy a million items for the families!

When you visit Sears.com/wish, you can read stories and view the wish lists, make a general donation, write a note of encouragement, and much more! I’m assuming that the registry closes on Christmas, but I could be wrong! If I find out otherwise, I’ll update the post!

Sears is also donating $250,000 to the USO and another $250,000 to Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit that rehabilitates the homes of low-income families (particularly the elderly and disabled).

I’m getting all tingly as I type…I love the giving spirit :-)

-kb

"Tue" Fabulous

Tuesday is a pretty ho-hum day of the week…I feel like no one looks forward to it. So, I’m going to do my part to give the day some PIZAZZ with an assortment of quotes, shoes, and bags!

Quote of the Week

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

Dream Shoe of the Week – L.A.M.B. “Primose” Pumps

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Dream Bag of the Week – Treesje Avalon Tote

Treesje Tote

Anthem of the Week – “Funkin’ for Jamaica” – Tom Browne

Funkin For Jamaica – Tom Browne

I’m dedicating this song to the negative Chicago wind chill! Just to spite you, I’m going to play this song ON BLAST and pretend I’m at a summer BBQ. Please pass the Corona…

 

-kb

Fabulous Gifts Part II

Happy Monday! I finally have part II of Fabulous Gifts, a short list of little trinkets to bring big joy on a small budget!

Wine Glass Tags and Decor 

How many times have you been at a gathering drinking wine and someone says “Which glass is mine?” A million for me! A former co-worker owns “Wine Lines,” and I think they are hilarious. Each tag says something tongue-in-cheek which can describe your wine along with you. I was “Fruity, yet firm and well-stacked.” Haha!

1. Wine Lines                           2. Stem Adornments

                                    3. Shopping Tags

 

1. Wine Lines, $6.99 2. Stem Adornments, $13.95 3. Shopping-Themed Charms, $17.99

 

Swarovski Pencils

We’ve come a long way from our Bedazzler days, at least I hope we have. But, anyways…it still feels nice to own sparkly things. I saw these pencils over at A Woman’s Worth, and fell in love! These Swarovski-tipped pencils are so beautiful that you may have a hard time bringing yourself to actually use them!

Swarovski Pencils 

Each pencil costs $7 and can be purchased on RedStamp.com!

 

Handmade Jewelry

It’s no secret that accessories can totally make (or break) an outfit. Instead of gifting jewelry purchased at an overpriced retail store, why not support independent artisans and their creations? If you aren’t sure where to start, head on over to Etsy.com.

 

And, of course, if you can’t see yourself buying a gift that isn’t sold in the mall, at least shop at a store that rewards you with points and/or sends you coupons in the mail (a la Bebe, Express, Macy’s, etc). After all, we are still (make that, definitely) in a recession!

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Tory Burch Creates CD for Charity

 Tory Burch CD

Tory Burch is putting out a series of CDs to raise funds for various causes and organizations. Volume 1 was just released and 100% of all sales will benefit Save The Children. The CD features songs from Estelle, The Cure, James Hunter, and many others! You can purchase the CD at Tory Burch’s website by clicking here.

Technical Difficulties…

Hey, everyone…I want to apologize for not loading any new posts (especially Fabulous Gifts Part II). My WordPress is stuck and will only let me develop content in HTML code, and unfortunately, I’m not super-skilled in HTML. At least, not enough to do fancy things…I’m working with the kind folks at WordPress, and hope to have this worked out SOON!!!

Stay tuned…

-kb

Shop, save, and give at We-Care.com

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Man, the Internet, for all its ills, keeps getting better! I received an email asking me to check out We-Care.com. It’s a website that allows you to shop at some of your favorite stores and a percentage of funds are automatically donated to an organization of your choice. 

I took a look on there earlier, and there are some GREAT stores on there! I found Bebe, Betsey Johnson, Steve Madden, Macy’s, Best Buy, etc! The site is pretty easy to navigate and they even offer coupons/discounts for some stores!

-kb

Yay!

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I was tagged by another philanthropy-focused blog, Black Gives Back, to receive the Superior Scribbler Award! Black Gives Back focuses on philanthropic activities within the black community. Amen!

Before I pass the award along, I have to list the rules!

1) Pass The Award on to the five (5) most deserving bloggers.
2) Each recipient must link to the author and name of the blog from whom The Award was received.
3) Each “Superior Scribbler” must display The Award on their blog and link back to
http://scholastic-scribe.blogspot.com/2008/10/200-this-blings-for-you-html (**link isn’t working though) which explains The Award.
4) Each blogger must visit this site and add their name to the Mr Linky List.
5) Each blogger must post these rules.

Okay, so here’s my list…

1. Everyday Cookin’

I learned about this blog through InChiCity.com, and ever since then, I’ve been hooked to the recipes featured. The step-by-step instructions and pictures help to make sure that your dish turns out as well as his! I just wish I could smell the photos :-)

2. The B-Life

I’m secretly an East Coaster so I read a lot of blogs based in NYC/DC. I like this blog because the posts are short and informative and I always feel like I’m on the inside when surfing this blog (even though I’m in another city)!

3. Tea and Such

Tiasha’s blog offers a hilarious (and sometimes serious) point of view on life. Topics range from the Bears to Chicago nightlife to relationships (and everything in between). My fav feature? Her weekly Obama Watch posts! 

4. The Fashion Bomb

Okay, I know that most people are familiar with The Fashion Bomb, but I had to include them on this list because this is a site that I cannot live without! Claire and Adriana (and the interns) stay on top of all things urban fashion. Make sure to catch the Friday Mail Bombs!

5. Park Avenue Peerage

I, along with a few friends, have NYC socialite alteregos. Our group consists of Fabiola Beracasa, Tinsley Mortimer, Rachel Roy (me), and Amanda Hearst. Park Avenue Peerage is crucial to us because here is where we find gorgeous pictures of us attending swanky society events.

Bubbly Bliss at Bin 36!

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The holiday season sure brings its fair share of champagne and other sparkly libations. This Wednesday the 10th, Bin 36 (339 N. Dearborn) will host Bubble Bath IX, their annual event where guests are invited to taste a multitude of champagnes and sparkling wines. This year, more than 75 (yes 75!) selections will be available for attendees to sample. 

The event will also feature a silent auction and raffle to benefit Girls on the Run Chicago. Girls on the Run Chicago is a nonprofit that helps girls build their self-esteem through running. Bin 36 will also donate $5 from each ticket back to Girls on the Run. 

The event lasts from 6-9p and tickets are $50. If you were looking for something to do, definitely hit up this event! I mean, 75 champagnes/sparkling wines??? Sounds too good to be true! And, as an added bonus, all the selections will be available for purchase for 20% off!

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to Bin 36’s website!

-kb

Fabulous Gift Ideas Pt. 1

I’m gonna take a break from charitable events to talk about some fabulous, yet practical gifts for your favorite folks! I recognize that these are some crazy financial times so I tried to think of budget-friendly options. Hope you enjoy the list!

Pretty 2-For-1: These gifts are perfect for your friend who you never see because her work and personal lives are swamped! Treat her to one of these events below and kill two birds with one FAB stone! 

Beauty and Brunch at Mojo Spa  (1468 N. Milwaukee)

Mojo Spa hosts Beauty and Brunch on Sundays from 11a-2p. Guests are treated to a complimentary homemade brunch along with a manicure and pedicure using their handmade scrubs and lotions. I wandered into Mojo a month ago and the place is amazing! They make all of the soaps, scrubs, candles, etc in Chicago, and they smell great! Some are even shaped like pastries. My words are going to do the place any justice! Being in Mojo Spa is truly a sensory experience. Check it out! 

If you’re interested in Beauty and Brunch, you need to call in advance and make a reservation (up to 3 people per reservation). The costs for the full Beauty and Brunch experience range from $60-$80. 

Martinis, Manis, and SATC at Arbré Nail Spa (1244 N. Wells)

When I first heard about this place, I thought it was too good to be true! But, after researching it and asking around, it turns out that Arbré Spa is the truth! The “lifestyle nail spa” is BYOB AND shows Sex and the City episodes nonstop of two big-screen TVs. So, grab your friend (you know the one who’s obsessed with Carrie & Co) and make her day!  

 

Fabulous Fixes: Every smart girl (and guy) needs to have a good tailor/seamstress and shoe repair guy. Play it smart and purchase a gift certificate for these services. Sure, your friend may not immediately think it’s the sexiest gift, but they will thank you when they need to have the heels of their favorite boots replaced!

My go-to places don’t sell gift certificates (I already asked), but feel free to check out your local spots. If you need some recommendations on places, check out Yelp.com. The reviews are always pretty helpful!

 

A Girl’s Gotta Eat: It’s no secret that restaurants sell gift certificates. The key to getting a friend a GC is making it count on her end. Find a great restaurant that has daily specials (1/2 bottles of wine, prix-fixe menu, etc), get your friend a gift certificate, and, here’s the important part, tell them about the deals! You can tell them verbally or write it in the card.

Sure, it may take some research on your end, but this, friends, is what we like to call “bonus added.” Metromix.com is a good place to get started!

Some places to try…

1492 Tapas (42 E. Superior)

Devon Seafood Grill (39 E. Chicago)

Cuatro (2030 S. Wabash)

Uncle Julio’s Hacienda (855 W. North)

P.S. Flattop Grill (a.k.a. stirfry heaven) has a great deal right now! You can buy a $50 gift certificate for only $30. Talk about making your dollars stretch! You can buy one of these for a friend (or even yourself). Go to flattopgrill.com for a list of locations!

 

On Wednesday, I’m going to post Part II with some affordable and cute gifts. Recessionistas rejoice! Lol :-)

-kb

The Red Carpet Walk Out

You all remember Isis, from this recent cycle of America’s Next Top Model?

 Isis

Well, she (along with other models) will be strutting her stuff on the catwalk tonight at Macy’s on State Street (111 N. State St) in a fashion show to foster awareness of HIV/AIDS. Tonight’s show begins at 6p and is one of many events hosted by the Chicagoland World AIDS Day Committee 2008 and will benefit the Center on Halsted. There is a $10 suggested donation and guests will be treated to martinis and appetizers.

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